Echeverias are among the most popular succulents, not only because they’re beautiful and easy to care for but also because they grow very quickly given enough heat and water. This post shows a few examples from my own collection.
These four echeverias have gotten large enough to fill this 10 inch bowl.
Top left: Echeveria pulidonis
Top right: Echeveria agavoides ‘Red Blush’
Bottom left: Echeveria agavoides ‘Lipstick’
Bottom right: Echeveria colorata
Just five months ago (!) they were this small:
Same plants, March 31, 2012
One of my favorite echeverias is this ‘Lady Aquarius’. It’s 12 inches across now and you cannot see the pot at all.
Echeveria ‘Lady Aquarius’, August 21, 2012
This is what it looked like when I bought it last October. The color is noticeably bluer now.
Echeveria ‘Lady Aquarius’, March 31, 2012
This lanky echeveria is ‘Purple Afterglow’. It’s 12 inches across but only 6 inches tall.
Echeveria ‘Purple Afterglow’, August 21, 2012
Just five months ago it was a baby (on the right in the photo below).
Echeveria ‘Purple Afterglow’, March 31, 2012
‘Purple Afterglow’ is very similar to Don Worth’s classic ‘Afterglow’, which I bought at a UC Davis Arboretum plant sale in March.
Echeveria ‘Afterglow’, March 110, 2012
Now it’s turned into a fantastical tangle of flower stalks and leaves, 16 inches across and 20 inches tall.
All of the above: Echeveria ‘Afterglow’, August 21, 2012
Looking at photos of ‘Afterglow’ and ‘Purple Afterglow’ on the web, I can see that they’re supposed to form large rosettes. Mine are clearly stretched (etiolated) although they get a few hours of sun in the morning and then another hour in the early afternoon. I will move them to a spot where they get at least a half day of sun to see if it will tighten things up. The other echeverias shown in this post get the same amount of light and don’t look etiolated at all. Go figure!